The Ashland Council met Monday, November 20, 2016 with all members present.
AHA Director Stan Gaither was present to address the council on the trending market of tiny homes and his vision on Ashland becoming “the friendliest tiny home community in the nation”. Gaither presented council members with informational packets to review on this matter. Gaither’s request was to hopefully see the council come up with an ordinance on making Clay County Tiny Home friendly over time. Gaither said his non-profit organization, the Ashland Housing Development Corp ( AHDC), would like to work hand in hand with the council to come up with an ordinance by doing research on this subject.
The AHDC Manufacturing Facility is located at 85240 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251, where the manufacturing of these tiny homes, outdoor storage sheds, etc. take place. Gaither is hopeful the AHDC can help teach carpentry skills through the development of these tiny homes and produce jobs to those who are willing to learn a trade at some point in the future.
Gaither also expressed the need for an RV Park in our county. On this note, Council member Kim Cain reported she had attended a Grant Workshop with Gaither last week about getting some type of grant to establish some type of Recreational/RV Park in Ashland.
Cain also reported The Ashland Library was excited about the possibility of offering the free lunch federal program for children the summer of 2017. Cain said Librarian Tina Nolen had talked to several key people and would attend a meeting on Dec. 8th about attaining free lunches for all the children up to the age of 18. There will also be Santa’s Workshop on December 3rd at the Library.
Agenda Items Approved Included the Following:
- Approval of current bills and previous meeting minutes
- Approval to pay Ashland Housing $1,053.14 for labor and material for Water Dept. renovations
- Approval for a one-time pay raise for employees
- Approval for Chief Stanford to attend 2017 Winter Conference on January 23-26 with registration cost of $200.00 and reimburse travel expenses.
- Approval to reappoint Johnny Sentell to the Industrial Development Authority.
- Approval to pay Southern Software $4151.00 for support renewal fees.
- Approval to purchase solar LED lights for flagpoles at new City Hall, Old City Hall, and Fire Department at a cost of $125.00 each and to purchase a new flag for the Fire Department at $36. Estimated total cost is $411.00 plus shipping.
- Approval to amend payroll policy, to read as follows: “Pursuant to section 207(k) of the FLSA and 29 CFR Part 553, the city of Ashland, Alabama hereby adopts a fourteen (14) day work period for its non-exempt hourly law enforcement employees to begin on December 2, 2016 at 7:00 am. The adoption of this work period shall be maintained as a part of the city’s payroll records.”
- Approval to purchase a ballistic vest from Gulf State at a total cost of $738.00 to be reimbursed for half the total expense.
- Approval to purchase 4 tires for a 2015 Tahoe patrol SUV at a total cost of $501.60
- Approval to purchase 2 office star big and tall high back chairs from Office Depot for dispatchers at a total cost of $536.00
- Approval to proceed with Nuisance Abatement at 295 3rd Street SW.
- Approval to waive business license fees for Family Night on the Square each month.
- Approval to allow Revenue Commissioner Ronald Robertson to assess and collect our property taxes
- Approval to adopt Ordinance # 2016-11-21-01
All City Offices, with the exception of the Police Department, will be closed for Christmas on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26, as well as January 2, 2017 for New Year’s.The Ashland Christmas Parade will be Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 PM.